23 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

23 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Gimignano, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly to Rome, Train to Naples
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Como, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night

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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore hidden gems such as Naturhistorisches Museum Basel and Basel's Old Town. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Basel (Muensterplatz, Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama, pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, take in the views from Pont Spreuer, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne route planner.

Zurich to Lucerne is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. December in Lucerne sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 28th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Grande Guerre, and then stop by World of Disney. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Natural History, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take a stroll through 7eme Arrondissement.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Lucerne to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lucerne in December, expect Paris to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 30th (Fri), test the waters at Belle De Maia - Maison De Beaute, delve into the mystery of Traboules - Hotel Cour des Loges, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nizier, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Bonaventure. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc, get in on the family fun at KOEZIO Lyon, then get in on the family fun at AviaSim Lyon, and finally look for gifts at Seve Chocolatier.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Lyon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Museo del Risorgimento, admire the natural beauty at Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli, then examine the collection at Palazzo Morando, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Civico Tempio di San Sebastiano. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, see the interesting displays at Casa Milan, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Teatrale alla Scala, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Marino.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Milan tour itinerary tool.

You can fly from Lyon to Milan in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December in Milan, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Ca' d'Oro, then examine the collection at Creature di Gomma - Venice Vintage Toys, then contemplate the long history of Piazza dei Signori, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Giustina. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Passeggiata Lungo il Fiume Sile, then get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata lungo la restera, and then make a trip to I Buranelli.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Venice day trip website.

You can drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Venice sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Palazzo Strozzi, see the interesting displays at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, then examine the collection at Mus.e Firenze Palazzo Vecchio, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Leonardo Shoes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Stibbert Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the natural beauty at Folon e il Giardino delle Rose, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santo Spirito, and finally look for gifts at Francesco Lionetti.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Venice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Gimignano.
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San Gimignano, Italy — 2 nights

Town of Fine Towers

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for gifts at Namsce Bazar, then do a tasting at Casa Lucii, then steep yourself in history at Porta San Giovanni, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Spa San Lorenzo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Pietro in Forliano, get a taste of the local shopping with Nous Art Gallery, and then admire the landmark architecture of Torre Chigi.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Gimignano trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Florence to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 2 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria della Sanita, don't miss a visit to Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno, then see the interesting displays at Ospedale delle Bambole, and finally examine the collection at ilCartastorie - Museo dell'Archivio Storico Banco di Napoli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then steep yourself in history at Basilica Santuario del Carmine Maggiore.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Naples vacation builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from San Gimignano to Naples in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January in Naples, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano, pause for some photo ops at Trajan's Column, then explore the world behind art at Scuderie del Quirinale, then admire the natural beauty at Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ss. Quattro Coronati. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco, then admire the masterpieces at Villa Farnesina, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Necropolis, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Monte Pincio.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome vacation builder app.

Traveling by train from Naples to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Rome are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Como.
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Como, Italy — 3 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Civico Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Andrea Apostolo, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Libreria Ubik. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Civic Museum of the Risorgimento, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Carpoforo, then experience rural life at La Bella Manza, and finally get in on the family fun at Driver Como.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Como holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Como takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rome in January, things will get a bit cooler in Como: highs are around 8°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, admire the local landmark of Europuddle, then make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wasserkirche, and finally steep yourself in history at Liebfrauenkirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): indulge your senses at Vinitaly GmbH and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Perle Day Spa.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip website.

Fly from Como to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Como in January, expect nights in Zurich to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Lake Como travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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